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March 24, 2003

Albany- Picking up trash is not how most people would spend their spring break. But, for some Alabama teens, they could not think of a better vacation.

For most teens, raking leaves is a boring chore--but this is exactly what 14-year-old Emily Short wants to be doing, "Well it's such a rewarding experience, God just touches you through helping others."

Emily and some of her friends are helping out East Albany home owner Annie Carter by cleaning up her yard. Mrs. Carter says she appreciates their hard work, "They must feel real good because I really do thank them for doing this they are really good people."

Emily, along with 80 other teens from the Hunter Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama, are spending their spring break picking up litter on more than 40 blocks of East Albany. Raking leaves and carting bags of trash is not the ideal spring break for most teens but for these teens the hard work is worth it.

The clean up kicks off Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful's annual Stash the Trash campaign.

The teens are also part of a youth choir group, "Higher Ground." They will be performing at Sherwood Baptist Church Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Posted at 4:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com